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Leopold Von Ranke

A Biography, 1st Edition

By Andreas D Boldt


416 pages

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Leopold von Ranke endeavoured to understand political order within its own historical context. To understand the nature of historical phenomena, such as an institution or an idea, one had to consider its historical development and the changes it underwent over a period of time. Historical epochs, Ranke argued, should not be judged according to predetermined contemporary values or ideas. Rather, they had to be understood on their own terms by empirically establishing history ‘as things really were.’ Ranke’s influence on History as a modern discipline is thus evident, and this is the first volume in English to chart his life and works for a hundred years.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Ranke’s childhood and educational years (1795-1818)

Chapter 2: First employment in Frankfurt/Oder and his early years in Berlin (1818-1827)

Chapter 3: Ranke’s first research trip (1827-31)

Chapter 4: Academic establishment and fame during the Vormärz (1831-43)

Chapter 5: 1843: Ranke’s wedding and the first years of his marriage (1843-48)

Chapter 6: European Revolutions and Ranke’s role as political advisor (1848-52)

Chapter 7: Ranke’s daily life, Clarissa’s illness and her ‘Salon Ranke’ (1852-59)

Chapter 8: Ranke and his largest work on a nation: English History (1859-65)

Chapter 9: Ennoblement, rise of titles, but waning of fame and the death of Clarissa (1865-71)

Chapter 10: Retirement, old age and the last masterpiece (1871-86)

Epilogue: The perception of Ranke since 1886

Appendix: Chronology

Appendix: List of major archives



About the Author

Andreas D. Boldt is at Maynooth University, Ireland.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Europe / Germany
HISTORY / Historiography